Baseball

May 04, 2022

Weirdest Pitching Ejection Ever: Madison Bumgarner was ejected after one inning by first base umpire Dan Bellino, who has a curious way of conducting a hand check.

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March 10, 2022

MLB 2022: Game On: MLB lockout ends as MLBPA, owners reach agreement

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March 08, 2022

MLB Will Ban the Defensive Shift: The defensive shift is no more. The players have given the league permission during lockout negotiations to ban it in 2023. "There are few plays more frustrating for a baseball fan watching on TV than when a hard-hit ball up the middle — seemingly a base hit — ends up being a routine ground out because the defense had the third baseman camped behind second base," writes Andrew Joseph of USA Today.

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January 26, 2022

David Ortiz First Ballot Hall of Famer: and he is the lone inductee for 2022. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens fall short again and are now no longer eligible for induction via this method.

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January 22, 2022

Son Sues Mom Over Baseball Card Collection: Christopher Trencher has filed suit in New York to make his mother hand over a baseball card collection that includes 1953 Topps Satchel Paige and Ralph Kiner cards worth more than $25,000. The 55-year-old claims she bought them for him in the 1980s. She claims he gave them to her. "I want to enjoy them with whatever years I have left," said mom Carol Ivanick.

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January 21, 2022

Robot Umpires Moving up to AAA Baseball Next Year: Seasonal employees to operate the system are being sought.

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December 31, 2021

I Investigated Bonds and Clemens. Yes, They Belong in Cooperstown: Friday is the last day for voters in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to submit their 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballots. Listed on those ballots are two players in their 10th and final year of Hall of Fame eligibility who truly dominated their era but haven’t been voted in: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. (archive link)

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November 30, 2021

Texas Rangers Had Half a Billion Burning a Hole in Their Pockets: The Texas Rangers spent $500 million this week, signing shortstop Corey Seager to a 10-year, $325 million deal and second baseman Marcus Semien to a seven-year, $175 million deal. They also signed starting pitcher Jon Gray and outfielder Kole Calhoun. "they should be commended for not taking the nihilistic route frequented by fellow cellar-dwellers like the Baltimore Orioles," writes R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports.

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October 15, 2021

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5: The Los Angeles Dodgers have advanced to the National League Championship series over the San Francisco Giants, winning a 2-1 nailbiter that ended with ace Max Scherzer earning the first save of his career on a Wilmer Flores check swing called strike three that was a bad call by first base umpire Gabe Morales.

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August 15, 2021

Pitcher Throws No-Hitter in First Major League Start: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Gilbert threw a no-hitter over the San Diego Padres in his first Major League Baseball start Saturday night. Only four pitchers have ever done that: Theodore Breitenstein in 1891, Bumpus Jones in 1892, Bobo Holloman in 1953 and now Gilbert, a 27-year-old who pitched in 163 minor league games before being called up this year by Arizona.

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July 23, 2021

Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name: After 106 years, the Cleveland Indians have chosen a new name, using a video narrated by Tom Hanks and a Black Keys song to make the announcement.

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July 22, 2021

Defending the Worst MLB Trades in History: I skimmed this looking for the Texas Rangers and feel like they're underrepresented, only getting a mention for the 2012 deal of Kyle Hendricks and Christian Villanueva to the Chicago Cubs for Ryan Dempster. Trading 25-year-old former MVP Jeff Burroughs in 1975 to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Adrian Devine, Carl Morton, Roger Moret and outfielders Dave May and Ken Henderson broke my eight-year-old heart.

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July 18, 2021

Yankees Fan Throws Baseball at Red Sox Outfielder: A fan at Yankee Stadium hit Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo during a game Saturday, prompting manager Alex Cora to pull the team off the field. Verdugo tossed a baseball towards a young Sox fan but a Yankees fan caught it and threw it back, hitting him.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:42 AM - 5 comments

May 28, 2021

A-Rod Has Something to Hide: Alex Rodriguez has launched a line of makeup for men, starting with his Blur concealer that comes in eight different shades. "I realized as I was jumping from meeting to meeting, I needed something quick and easy in my routine to conceal blemishes or razor bumps," explained Rodriguez on Instagram, where his first photo looks like a space alien's first attempt at smiling.

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May 07, 2021

Wild thangs: Double-A team draws 13 walks in an inning: “It just got out of control, literally,” longtime Barons radio announcer Curt Bloom said. “And it was contagious.” “It was 87 pitches with 24 strikes. Most of them weren’t even close, really,” he added.

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May 06, 2021

Orioles Pitcher Retires 27 Batters But It Isn't a Perfect Game: Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means has entered the Bar Trivia Hall of Fame by throwing a no-hitter over the Seattle Mariners with 27 batters retired without it counting as a perfect game. He struck out Sam Haggerty in the third on a wild pitch. Haggerty was caught stealing.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:26 AM - 4 comments

April 14, 2021

MLB Gets Minor League to Move the Mound Back 1 Foot: Major League Baseball is playing around with the idea of changing the distance from home plate to the pitchers mound for the first time since 1893. The Atlantic League minor league will test a pitching rubber 61 feet and 6 inches from home -- an extra foot beyond the norm. "I love baseball, but the rules aren't written on stone tablets," said Chicago Cubs exec Jed Hoyer.

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Cleveland Infielder Yu Chang Calls Out Online Bigots: After receiving racist abuse in response to an error he made playing his new position at first base, Cleveland Indians infielder Yu Chang shared some of the disgusting messages to condemn anti-Asian hate. He got so much support, online and from the team, that he responded, "Thank you. NOW LET’S PLAY BALL!"

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April 12, 2021

Mean Green Pitcher Strikes Out Every Batter in Perfect Game: North Texas softball pitcher Hope Trautwein threw a perfect game Sunday, striking out every batter she faced in a 3-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. It's the first no hitter in Mean Green history and believed to be the first seven-inning perfect game that was entirely Ks.

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April 10, 2021

Joe Musgrove Throws First Padres No Hitter: After 8,206 games, the San Diego Padres finally have a no hitter. Joe Musgrove, a local whose family are longtime season ticket holders, got the no-no in just his second start for the team. The only baserunner allowed was hit by a pitch. I won't mention the opponent.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:11 AM - 1 comment

April 09, 2021

Babe Ruth's Letter to Mistress Auctioned for $200K: A letter Babe Ruth sent his mistress arranging a tryst at the Aldine Hotel sold at auction for $201,000. Ruth sent the missive in around 1922 to Nell Wilson, who he was seeing while married to his first wife Helen Woodford. "She is watching me so don't get mad and I will see you Monday night," Ruth wrote.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:23 AM - 9 comments

Mets Win With Questionable Walk Off HBP: The New York Mets elbowed the Miami Marlins for a 3-2 victory on a hit by pitch. Michael Conforti extended his elbow and his pad was lightly grazed by a pitch that would have been strike three. Batters are required to get out of the way of a pitch but that wasn't enforced.

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April 07, 2021

Topps Going Public Again: Fourteen years after it became private under former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, the iconic baseball card company Topps is going public by merging with a special purpose acqusition company (also known as a SPAC, a concept I only understand because I read Matt Levine). Interest in baseball cards and Topps has heated up because of non-fungible tokens (NFT), a new way of creating unique collectibles that requires the blockchain and an obscene expenditure of electricity.

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March 09, 2021

Blue Jays Will Use TV Audio on Radio Broadcasts: The Toronto Blue Jays will drop their radio broadcasts and use the TV feed's audio feed instead beginning with opening day April 1. No team in decades has gone without a dedicated radio team. Though it's described as being a safety move for the pandemic, Sportsnet isn't saying that radio will come back in the future.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:29 AM - 7 comments

February 07, 2021

ESPN's Pedro Gomez dead at 58: The award-winning journalist, whose son Rio is a pitcher in the Red Sox organization, passed away suddenly Sunday night. Gomez is survived by his wife, Sandra; sons, Rio and Dante; and daughter, Sierra.

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January 27, 2021

I Don't Want Cooperstown, I want Shaughnessy: Curt Schilling's thoughts on baseball immortality and settling scores.

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January 22, 2021

Baseball icon Hank Aaron dead at age 86: Hank Aaron came into life on Feb. 5, 1934, in Mobile on the wrong side of segregation. He left it on Friday as a national icon.

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January 19, 2021

New Mets GM Fired for Sending Dick Pic to Reporter: Jared Porter's tenure as the New York Mets general manager lasted 35 days. Porter has been fired after this ESPN report detailing the bombardment of texts he sent a female reporter in 2016 that included an explicit photo. In total he sent her 62 unanswered texts. The reporter has left journalism, saying, "I started to ask myself, 'Why do I have to put myself through these situations to earn a living?'"

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December 16, 2020

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league: MLB said Wednesday that it was "correcting a longtime oversight in the game's history" by elevating the Negro Leagues on the centennial of their founding. The Negro Leagues consisted of seven leagues, and MLB will include records from those circuits between 1920 and 1948. The Undefeated's Clinton Yates, isn't so thrilled with this plan.

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December 13, 2020

Cleveland Indians Are Dropping Their Name: After removing the racist caricature Chief Wahoo, Cleveland's Major League Baseball team is going to drop the Indians mascot as well. The news broke Sunday evening ahead of an official announcement. Potential replacements are the Naps, Spiders and Rocks.

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December 01, 2020

Trevor Ariza Becomes the NBA's Most Traded Player: Trevor Ariza turned pro as a New York Knicks second-round draft pick in 2004 and was traded to the Orlando Magic (1) to the Los Angeles Lakers (2). He signed with the Houston Rockets and was traded to the New Orleans Hornets (3) to the Washington Wizards (4) to the Rockets (5). He signed with the Phoenix Suns and was traded to the Wizards (6). He signed with the Sacramento Kings and was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers (7). Last week he was traded from the Blazers to the Houston Rockets (8) to the Detroit Pistons (9) to the Oklahoma City Thunder (10). He's now the most traded player in league history, passing eight-times-swapped Chris Gatling and Dale Ellis. Ariza has suited up so far for nine teams. Four have played for 12: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith.

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November 18, 2020

Robinson Cano Suspended for 2021 Season Over PEDs: New York Mets star Robinson Cano has been suspended by Major League Baseball for the entire 2021 season because he tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug stanozolol. This was his second positive PED test, following a 2018 test that cost him 80 games. Cano, 38, forfeits his $24 million salary. Cano's an eight-time All Star who won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 2009.

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November 13, 2020

The Miami Marlins make history with hiring of Kim Ng as general manager: The Miami Marlins have a new general manager, and it comes with some historical precedence. The Marlins on Friday announced they hired Kim Ng to oversee baseball operations. Ng, 51, is now the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among MLB’s 30 teams and is believed to be the first woman hired to a general manager position by any professional men’s sports team in North America.

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October 29, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager: Tony La Russa has been hired at age 76 to manage the Chicago White Sox, his first time as skipper since leaving the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, ESPN's Jeff Passon tweeted Thursday afternoon. This makes him the third oldest manager ever behind Jack McKeon at age 80 in 2011 and Connie Mack at age 87 in 1950. Only three others managed teams in their 70s.

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October 28, 2020

Dodgers Player Learns Covid-19 Test Was Positive During World Series Clincher: Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus, a fact learned during Tuesday's World Series-clinching game. Turner was pulled from the game in the eighth after the dugout got word of his test. He and his teammates ignored the need for him to isolate himself and he was seen celebrating on the field and in the locker room. "A superspreader event on live TV," an MLB GM texted ESPN. "Welcome to 2020."

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October 25, 2020

The Complicated Relationship Between Latinos and the Los Angeles Dodgers: A new Smithsonian book and an upcoming exhibition, ‘¡Pleibol!,’ recounts the singular importance of baseball in Latino history and culture

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October 12, 2020

Big Red Machine member, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan has died: A beloved member of the Big Red Machine and hall of famer Joe Morgan has died, according to Sports Illustrated. He was 77.

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October 09, 2020

Whitey Ford, 'Chairman of the Board,' dies : The left-hander -- nicknamed “The Chairman of the Board” by batterymate Elston Howard -- went 236-106 with a 2.75 ERA during his 16 years with New York, winning six World Series from 11 appearances. Ford, whose .690 winning percentage is the highest of any pitcher with at least 150 victories in the modern era, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

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September 15, 2020

MLB playoff bubble: Major League Baseball's 2020 postseason bubble plan has been approved by the MLB Players Association, MLB announced Tuesday. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series will all be held at neutral-site ballparks where players will be set up in nearby one-location bubbles.

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August 22, 2020

Over Two Minutes of MLB Players Cursing in Empty Stadiums:
Language is definitely not safe for work.
It's been a tough month for sound engineers during baseball broadcasts.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:42 AM - 6 comments